Hungary SIG #Hungary RootsTech Developer Challenge - Tammy Hepps wins for Treelines! #hungary

Pamela Weisberger

I would like to congratulate Jewish genealogical community member,
Tammy Hepps, for winning the grand prize at the recent RootsTech
Conference in Salt Lake City in the 2013 Developer Challenge
competition, as well as being awarded first prize in the "share"
category, for creating "Treelines," a storytelling platform for people
to write and share their family stories either using the family tree
they already have or building one as they write. The official launch
is soon, and you can sign up to be officially "invited," but you can
also take a tour of this exceptional family history program here:

Home page:

Nearly 20 developers participated in the 2013 Developer Challenge by
submitting projects that demonstrated technical innovations for family
history. >from these, a panel of judges selected six finalists. The
final 3 winners were announced at RootsTech during the Keynote on
Friday, March 22.

Here's how it works: tens of millions of people around the world are
interested in family history but people need software
solutions=97whether on the desktop, online, or through mobile
delivery=97that help them engage and succeed in their efforts to
discover, preserve, and share their family history. The Challenge
invites developers to create an application or service that introduces
a compelling new concept or innovation for family history that has
practical uses for genealogists and historians.

It's pretty amazing that two years running, two "nice Jewish girls"
(as I'm sure they don't mind being referred to) snagged top prizes
against very tough competition -- last year's runner-up winner being
Gesher Galicia's own, Brooke Schreier Ganz -- who also contributes
extensively to the Hungarian SIG's projects -- for creating Leafseek:
A Genealogy Search Engine in a Box: The Leafseek
platform is currently being used by the All Galicia Database and the
IGRA (Israel Genealogical Research Assocation) All Israel Database.
Both women worked for well over a year on these projects and we are
all the beneficiaries. (If you are curious to view the other entries
in detail, go here:

Bravo to Tammy for winning in 2013 and Brooke in 2012 and for their
continuing contributions to the world of Jewish genealogy!

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA

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